Heading South - Follow the bear

Vessel Name: Symphony
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 343 Clipper
Hailing Port: Hamble
Crew: Steven & Lisa-Ann
20 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
19 September 2018 | Barcelona
17 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
09 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
04 September 2018 | Burriana
30 August 2018 | Valencia
27 August 2018 | Gandia
25 August 2018 | Denia
24 August 2018 | Cala Sardinera
22 August 2018 | Moraira
20 August 2018 | Greenwich 3
19 August 2018 | Benidorm
17 August 2018 | Alicante
16 August 2018 | Alicante
15 August 2018 | Torrevieja
09 August 2018 | Cartagena
07 August 2018 | Aguilas
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20 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita

A round up of our Portuguese, Gibraltar and Mediterranean Spain

A round up of our Portuguese, Gibraltar and Mediterranean Spain

19 September 2018 | Barcelona

Homeward bound - Eventually!

We spent one night aboard out of the water and shared a 'throw in' meal with Trevor & Maggie as they too were staying on-board in the yard. We then spent a night in a small B&B in the town before we journeyed home. The bus ride from Sant Carles to Barcelona airport took us along the coast giving us [...]

17 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita

Laying up in Espana

We spent the next 10 days preparing Symphony to be lifted out onto the yard for the winter.

09 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita

Ingles Espana!

We left Burriana in darkness at 0615 to make our final passage of the season to Sant Carles de la Rapita, circa 60 nautical miles.

04 September 2018 | Burriana

Copper wash by default!

After a two very stormy nights (thunder & lightning), we departed early on passage to Burriana.

30 August 2018 | Valencia

Thoroughly modern Valencia

Going out today on foot to visit the modern area of the city.

A round up of our Portuguese, Gibraltar and Mediterranean Spain

20 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
Steven
A round up of our Portuguese, Gibraltar and Mediterranean Spain

1228 nautical miles
41 log entries
19 nights at anchor/on buoys
104 nights in marinas
4 months of voyaging

"Muchos Gracias & Hasta Luego Espana"

Homeward bound - Eventually!

19 September 2018 | Barcelona
Lisa
We spent one night aboard out of the water and shared a 'throw in' meal with Trevor & Maggie as they too were staying on-board in the yard. We then spent a night in a small B&B in the town before we journeyed home. The bus ride from Sant Carles to Barcelona airport took us along the coast giving us our final glimpses of the Med for this year.

On arrival at the airport, we were dismayed to find out our plane was delayed and this delay continued to increase whilst we were waiting.
The delay did allow us to meet and chat to an American couple (Lucia and Richard) who were travelling to meet their children in the UK.

When we finally got in the air it was not too bad a flight with only a slightly bumpy descent into Gatwick in the crosswinds.

Following the train ride home, it was good to pick up a Chinese and chill out.

Laying up in Espana

17 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
Lisa
We spent the next 10 days preparing Symphony to be lifted out onto the yard for the winter.

In between our hard work, we joined a few of the social activities in the marina.

There is a large British community of boaters, both power and sail at Sant Carles and we made a number of friends. Chris and Nina who were our next door neighbours on the pontoon and were kind enough to give us a lift to the supermarket and introduce us at the Friday night meet and greet. Adi and Rae along with Tala and Willow (dog and cat) on their Hallberg Rassy who having been permanent liveaboards in the med for the last 5 years. We also caught up with our friends from the UK - Trevor and Maggie.

Other new friends included John and his collie on board their Najad, Richard and Marion on their Island Packet and Liz and Martin on their Amel 54 who have recently returned from sailing round the world!

Symphony was lifted out by Tomasz and his team in the yard and had the most extreme pressure wash we have experienced to date. We had to clean her topsides again as the antifoul had been sprayed all across the decks.

Ingles Espana!

09 September 2018 | Sant Carles de la Rapita
Lisa
We left Burriana in darkness at 0615 to make our final passage of the season to Sant Carles de la Rapita, circa 60 nautical miles.

The little wind we had was directly ahead of us so we were not able to sail.

A couple of hours into the passage we observed a number of water spouts forming in the distance. This tornado like weather systems can be extremely dangerous and you need to stay away from them. We kept watch and were fortunate they were some distance away and tracking further out to sea.

As we continued North the scenery began to change again and become increasingly green and forested. Mid-afternoon we sighted the Delta for the first time and started the pilotage towards the marina.

Passing the lagoon which is used as a day anchorage by many in the marina, we radioed for our berth and were guided to very sheltered pontoon near all the facilities.

Copper wash by default!

04 September 2018 | Burriana
Steven
After a two very stormy nights (thunder & lightning), we departed early on passage to Burriana.

With no wind and with George the iron donkey on, we motored all the way.
We passed the large industrial port of Sagunta mid-morning and arrived in Burriana at lunchtime.

The port of Burriana was separate from the main town about 2 miles away and having experienced our most expensive port only some 4 marinas ago in Denia, we were amazed at Burriana's pricing at a mere 13 euro a night with a buy 2 get the third free offer as well. The marina staff were very friendly and helpful.

The port had both a good size marina and yacht club with a very active sailing/water sports school adjacent to the club. We enjoyed watching the youngsters being given their daily tuition in the surrounding waters.
There is a small shipyard which to be honest, is not noticeable and the prevailing wind stops any noise coming into the marina.

The water is very a beautiful turquoise colour. We later believe this may be due to the copper content being added by the shipyard works in blasting the old antifoul off the shipping. We believe this helped removed any growth from Symphony as our boat speed increased after our stay.

The small town is a poor in regards to wealth but the people were friendly, the food purchased was of good quality and great value. It is a strange place to be but enjoyed our stay.

Thoroughly modern Valencia

30 August 2018 | Valencia
Steven
Going out today on foot to visit the modern area of the city.

The dramatic architecture surrounded by large pools of water some deep enough for rowing boats was quite something to behold.

The buildings were all designed by a local architect. However, the Valencians are not keen on the buildings as they are taking a significant amount of tax to maintain.

The buildings contained the aquarium, the science museum, the main cinema and an outdoors arts complex. They are encircled by the gardens that now take up the space where the river used to be. Due to continuous flooding it was rerouted to outside the city. These gardens and parks run for over 6Km and are a pleasure to walk in.

Valencia has something for everyone, good food, great beach, old city, modern architecture, museums, night life and of course sailing!
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